The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 26320 Van Born Road in Dearborn Heights.
“I bought three tickets that day: Fast Cash, Golden Wild Time, and the Hit $500 ticket,” said the player. “The third time was a charm because I won $1 million on the third ticket I bought!
“I called my brother and told him to come see me immediately so that I could tell him I’d won. I didn’t sleep much at all the night I scratched the ticket. The next day, I gathered my family members and gave them a copy of the ticket and let them figure it out for themselves that I had won $1 million.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than an annuity. With his winnings, the player plans to pay off his student loans, and buy a new home, and new car.
“Winning is an amazing feeling, it’s like I have a new life now,” the player said.
Players have won more than $29 million playing Hit $500, which launched in April. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $38 million in prizes remain, including one $1 million top prize, 28 $10,000 prizes, and 79 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.